Posts for the Topic UN SDGs

Co-op for a better community

Vanessa Cerqueira standing under a tent, behind a table with cardboard boxes, holding a donations can.

Vanessa Cerqueira (she/her), is a fourth-year Honours Arts and Business student majoring in Legal Studies. She shares how through her five co-op terms, she’s built conversational skills, found a home away from home courtesy of the Co-op for Social Good program and how she’s been able to give back to the community she grew up in.

Fighting cancer one co-op at a time

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Mahdi Farzad Naimi (he/him), a fourth- year Health Science student, shares his journey working in the field of cancer research. He discusses the importance of how co-op solidifies your passions and reinforces your academic knowledge.  

A humanitarian outlook on Health Science

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Mariam Toluwalashe Omilabu is a fourth-year Health Studies student with a Pre-Clinal Specialization. She talks about her impactful co-op experiences and identifies some significant outcomes of her time in the healthcare industry so far. 

Discovering the world of earth and space science

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Anthony Girmenia (he/him), a third-year Physics and Astronomy student, shares his experience working in research positions and describes the remarkable projects he has worked on over the last few years.  

Finding the intersection between race and health

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Rachel Almaw’s (she/her) dedication to research has resulted in remarkable work, for which she is being recognized with the Co-op Student of the Year Award for the Faculty of Health. She is a fourth-year student in the Health Studies program, with a minor in Gerontology. Rachel shares the various elements of working in a research lab and walks us through her passion for bridging the gap between health and race.

Find your path to sustainability

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Breanna DeFreitas (she/her) is in her fourth year, studying Geography and Environmental Management, specializing in Climate Change and Environment. She is the recipient of the Co-op Student of the Year Award for the Faculty of Environment. Breanna delves into the details of her journey at Evolugen by Brookfield Renewable, who nominated her for this recognition.

Restoring ocean health one shellfish at a time

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Natalie Fernandez, a fourth-year Mechanical Engineering student, shares how her humanitarian heart and passion for engineering lead her down a rewarding, sustainable and international co-op path.

"I feel very lucky to have the opportunities I have"


Natalie’s co-op journey

Fishin' in the field

Shelby standing in a creek in overalls and a hat.

Shelby Robertson (she/her), a fourth-year student in Environmental Science Ecology, has been working towards making an impact on the environment through her co-op position at Parks Canada. She shares with us her experiences working in an aquatic field and how her courses helped her throughout her work terms.


Shelby has completed a total of five co-op terms:

A snippet in the life of a co-op student

Maham Surahyo standing in front of a Peel Regional Police backdrop

Maham Surahyo, a third-year Public Health student, shares her experience working for the Peel Regional Police as a community safety and well-being analyst. 


Q & A with Maham  

What are your responsibilities in the workplace and what does your work entail?  

Consulting, tracking snakes, and writing: environment for life

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Ishani Dasgupta (she/her), a fourth-year Environment, Resources and Sustainability student, gives us an exclusive look into the various positions she has done in the environmental sector, and teaches us to always be ourselves no matter what! 

Ishani has completed a total of four co-op terms: